Saints' Cameron Jordan: Tom Brady's Bucs 'Fighting for 2nd Place' in NFC South

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2020

Cameron Jordan, of the New Orleans Saints, attends the 9th Annual NFL Honors at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Miami. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images for NFL)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have added Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski this offseason, but that's not intimidating the defending NFC South champion New Orleans Saints.

Saints defensive end Cam Jordan appeared on Good Morning Football on Monday and said the Bucs are competing for second place in the division.

"I do know we have to step up our game—we've got to elevate," Jordan said (via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times). He continued:

"They've got the second-greatest quarterback of all-time, right behind Drew Brees, and now we've got a head-to-head two times a year.

"We've got our work cut out for us, and then they have an addition, you bring in Rob Gronkowski and LeSean McCoy, you already had two 1,000-yard receivers in [Chris] Godwin and Mike Evans. This is a team that's fighting for second place."

The Saints are currently -105 favorites (bet $105 to win $100) to win the NFC South at Caesars. The Bucs come in with the second-best odds at +150. New Orleans has won the division each of the last three seasons and enters 2020 considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The Bucs have revamped their roster around Brady and Gronkowski, but they were a 7-9 team last season, and there are legitimate questions about both future Hall of Famers' impact level. Brady showed significant signs of decline in 2019, particularly with his accuracy, and Gronkowski was retired last season while he nursed longstanding injuries.

With the Bucs also not having an offseason program to gel as a roster, the Saints should come into this season with a heavy advantage in winning their fourth straight division title

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